Properties of geranium essential oilFor a lot of people, a good way to de-stress is to head to the bar for a drink or go on an unwarranted shopping spree. But did you know that there is a better (and more economical and healthier!) way of busting stress? That, oh dear stressed one, is to indulge in an after-work treat using geranium oil. Geranium oil is counted in the roster of pure aromatherapy oils because its relaxing, floral scent is great at unwinding after a particularly hard day. In the list of 100 pure essential oils, you will find it right up there with the best of them. What’s more, only a little is needed in order to reap the benefits. So when the day seems extra rough and you would rather be kind to yourself (and your wallet) by avoiding the alkie, heed these five steps for busting stress with geranium oil!
How to use geranium oil?
Step 1: Take a Long, Relaxing Bath
Prep your tub with your favorite sudsy bath cream and all your favorite shower indulgences. To make bathing even more relaxing, put three drops of geranium pure essential oils over an incense burner mixed in with a basic carrier oil (to make it last longer). Dim the lights and sip a cup of soothing tea as you wallow in the sudsy water, breathing in the wonderful, geranium scent as you prep for a night of relaxation.
Step 2: Time for a Massage!
Your nice bath is then followed by your usual drying up routine, including your hair until it is a just a bit damp. Prep yourself for a geranium-scented massage by mixing three drops of it with unscented baby oil. Do some light stretching first to prep your body for the massage. Knead your aching body parts (ex. Shoulder blades, calves, neck, arms, etc.) with the geranium-infused oil gently but thoroughly. Take care not to rub it too deeply, because you may tire yourself out right away.
Step 3: Focused Breathing and Spot Aromatherapy
Now it is time for focused breathing and spot aromatherapy with geranium oil. Take two drops and rub it in your palms briskly until you feel it warming up. Cup your nose and breathe deeply. Do this three more times. Let your olfactory sense take in the geranium scent directly to release negativity.
Step 4: Final Stretch
Before retiring for bed, do a last round of stretching to really loosen up all your tired muscles and have a fitful sleep. Take care to do this slowly, gently and purposefully; do not rush into it, otherwise you might end up stimulating yourself and have a hard time sleeping!
Step 5: One Last Whiff
Sniff a final whiff of geranium when you are about to lie down, and briskly rub the rest of it from your palm onto your pillowcase. As you drift off to la-la land, you get to have slight whiffs of this relaxing and soothing essential oil and hopefully make sleep more peaceful. In the morning, greet the day with a particularly strong affirmation and marvel at how well rested you feel!